hmrabi--Govern Ancient Sumeria
Try your hand at governing ancient Sumeria
Successfully for a 10-year term of office.
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Description
In this game you direct the adminitrator of Sumeria, Hammurabi,
how to manage the city. The city initially has 1,000 acres, 100
people and 3,000 bushels of grain in storage.
You may buy and sell land with your neighboring city-states for
bushels of grain--the price will vary between 17 and 26 bushels
per acre. You also must use grain to feed your people and as
seed to plant the next year's crop.
You will quickly find that a certain number of people can only
tend a certain amount of land and that people starve if they
are not fed anough. You also have the unexpected to contend
with such as a plague, rats destroying stored grain, and variable
harvests.
You will also find that managing just the few resources in this
game is not a trivial job over a period of say ten years. The
crisis of population density rears its head very rapidly.
Source
This program translated to Pascal, Java and C by Eric Olson from
101 BASIC Computer Games by David Ahl. In turn that program was
translated from the original FOCAL program which was floating
around DIGITAL in the late 1970's.
Please enter a random seed between 0 and 29282: 1235
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 1 , 0 people starved, 5 came to the city.
Population is now 100
The city now owns 1000 acres.
You harvested 3 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 200 bushels.
You now have 2800 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 18 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 0
How many acres do you wish to sell? 0
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 2000
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 999
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 2 , 0 people starved, 5 came to the city.
A horrible plague struck! Half the people died.
Population is now 52
The city now owns 1000 acres.
You harvested 1 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 150 bushels.
You now have 1150 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 20 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 0
How many acres do you wish to sell? 0
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 1040
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 220
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 3 , 0 people starved, 8 came to the city.
A horrible plague struck! Half the people died.
Population is now 30
The city now owns 1000 acres.
You harvested 2 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 0 bushels.
You now have 440 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 22 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 0
How many acres do you wish to sell? 300
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 600
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 600
But you have only 30 people to tend the fields. Now then,
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 500
But you have only 30 people to tend the fields. Now then,
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 400
But you have only 30 people to tend the fields. Now then,
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 300
But you have only 30 people to tend the fields. Now then,
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 299
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 4 , 0 people starved, 14 came to the city.
A horrible plague struck! Half the people died.
Population is now 22
The city now owns 700 acres.
You harvested 1 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 0 bushels.
You now have 6590 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 19 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 100
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 440
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 219
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 5 , 0 people starved, 38 came to the city.
Population is now 60
The city now owns 800 acres.
You harvested 1 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 0 bushels.
You now have 4360 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 17 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 100
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 1200
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 599
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 6 , 0 people starved, 4 came to the city.
Population is now 64
The city now owns 900 acres.
You harvested 3 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 580 bushels.
You now have 2378 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 20 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 0
How many acres do you wish to sell? 100
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 1280
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 639
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 7 , 0 people starved, 11 came to the city.
Population is now 75
The city now owns 800 acres.
You harvested 4 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 0 bushels.
You now have 5335 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 22 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 100
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 1500
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 749
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 8 , 0 people starved, 3 came to the city.
Population is now 78
The city now owns 900 acres.
You harvested 3 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 315 bushels.
You now have 3193 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 22 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 0
How many acres do you wish to sell? 0
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 1560
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 779
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 9 , 0 people starved, 12 came to the city.
Population is now 90
The city now owns 900 acres.
You harvested 5 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 0 bushels.
You now have 5139 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 23 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 75
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 1800
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 899
Hammurabi: I beg to report to you,
In year 10 , 0 people starved, 6 came to the city.
A horrible plague struck! Half the people died.
Population is now 48
The city now owns 975 acres.
You harvested 4 bushels per acre.
Rats ate 0 bushels.
You now have 4761 bushels in store.
Land is trading at 21 bushels per acre.
How many acres do you wish to buy? 75
How many bushels do you wish to feed your people? 960
How many acres do you wish to plant with seed? 479
In your 10-year term of office 0.0 percent of the
population starved per year on average, i.e., a total of
0 people died!!
You started with 10 acres per person and ended with
21.9 acres per person.
A fantastic performance!!! Charlemange, Disraeli, and
Jefferson combined could not have done better!
Would you like to continue playing? no
So long for now.